Project Summary

The goal of The Yume Project is to shift the focus of humanoid robotics from realism to believability.

Yume is the Japanese word for “dream.”  Working with Kokoro Robotics, creators of the Actroid, The Yume Project will develop an intuitive user interface that allows animators to quickly develop performances for the Actroid.  In addition to software development, the team will look at what it takes to bring a robot to life through personality.

By using traditional character development techniques, the team will transform a mechanical DER-1 robot into a memorable living character named Yume.  Through user testing and Maya integration, The Yume Project will develop interactions that excite, surprise and delight audiences of all ages, making Yume a reality.